Our sight is so important to all of us.
It may well be the sense that is valued the most. To live in a world of darkness is one we just can’t comprehend.
And yet we know that those who can’t see have a real enhancement of their other senses.
Jesus healed many people who were blind, lovingly ministering to them and restoring their sight, but what he did more often was that he ministered to us through our own sight.
In other words, he always had time to stop and talk to people, he would look into their eyes and listen. He could see into their souls.. he did so often with the disciples.
In the 3 ½ years of his ministry on earth Jesus was always on the go, healing someone, teaching the crowds, feeding the multitudes, but he was never so busy that he couldn’t be interrupted….and used the encounter to truly see their needs.
One time the Bible records that so many people were coming and going that Jesus and his disciples didn’t even have a chance to eat. So, Jesus said to his disciples;
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”Mark 6:31
They all got into a boat to get away to a solitary place, but the people seeing them leave ran ahead on foot and got to the other side ahead of them.
(V34) “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd…” notice his response, he didn’t get angry, he wasn’t frustrated, he didn’t tell them to go way, but “He had compassion on them.” And so,
“He began to teach them many things, but by this time it was very late, so he told his disciples, “Give them something to eat”Mark 6:34-37
He saw, he knew what they needed, he looked into them.
Another example is when Jesus was in this house teaching and people had come from all over to hear him, and so, he’s in this place, he’s teaching, and these four men come carrying their friend on a mat to bring him to Jesus.
However, they couldn’t make their way in because of the crowd so in Luke 5v19 says,
“They went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd…”Luke 5:18-19
But he wasn’t finished, in verse 24 he said,
“Oh and by the way”, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God”Luke 5:24-25
You see, Jesus always welcomed interruptions, a chance meeting, an opportunity to minister to someone, and always he could see, what was truly needed.
He had the ‘second sight’ that God given intuition
And he used it as he approached the Passover on the next day, Thursday. He looked round at his disciples together with him for the last time. And he saw into their souls.
He saw Peters betrayal and foretold it.
He saw Judas betrayal and foretold it..
He look at John and saw he was the right one to entrust his mother, who had trusted God so much, to him.
Jesus saw into John’s heart and knew he would be with him at the foot of the Cross.
God sees into our own hearts, deeply.
He sees into this virus.
He never caused it for any reason on God’s earth.
This is not a plague, a punishment, a call to mend our ways, but if you and I are going to see truth, and love like Jesus we need to remind ourselves that whatever or whoever drops in or drops down in front of you, that’s literally God’s assignment for you in that moment.
I am learning this so fast.. wake up each day and wait, for call, e mails, requests, help and love.
The needs of our community are being met like never before, by people who are acting on behalf of God, even if they do not believe in him.
Like Jesus we can never be too busy for an interruption. And so, we love people like Jesus by looking them in the eye and giving them our time.
Mighty God, you see all things and know all things.. you can see the chaos around us.. look upon us now, with deep and unconditional love for each one of us.